Institutional Partners

Beyond our infrastructural coupling with the faculties of our Researchers, we cooperate closely with other institutions within the University of Vienna. 

Empirical Visual Aesthetics Lab (EVA Lab)

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The Research Focus Empirical Visual Aesthetics (EVAlab), was founded in 2004 by Helmut Leder and is recognized as the earliest department with a specific research focus on Visual Empirical Aesthetics. Only recently similar initiatives have emerged elsewhere (MPI Frankfurt, Goldsmith, NYU). Over twelve years, the Research Focus established a unique research team and network in the field of visual aesthetics, and now holds a role of international leadership in psychological empirical art research with numerous important publications pioneering empirical approaches (physiology of art emotion, fluency and art, face beauty, museum studies, art and health, eye-tracking) and theoretical modeling of aesthetic experience. No other group has in fact established more theoretical contributions on the state-of-the-art in psychological aesthetics with leading models for viewing art (Leder et al., 2004; Leder & Nadal, 2014), as well as more neuroscientifically grounded models, published in prestigious journals. The EVAlab has also been host to a number of researchers in empirical aesthetics, serving as a central hub for research in this emerging area.

The ARTIS Lab

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ARTIS (Art and Research on Transformations of Individuals and Societies) is a EU Horizon 2020-funded project under the call “Societal Transformations and the Arts.” leaded by Ass.-Prof. Matthew Pelowski.

They represent a first-of-its-kind consortium of research institutions in the social sciences, Art History, Philosophy, Art education, and Art and Cultural Policy. 

 

 

MEi:CogSci

The Middle European interdisciplinary master programme in Cognitive Science (MEi:CogSci) is a joint master's programme, which is offered jointly by the following institutions:

  • University of Vienna (coordinating partner) & Medical University of Vienna
  • Comenius University in Bratislava
  • Eötvös Loránd University Budapest
  • University of Ljubljana

As this curriculum is conceptualised as a joint master's programme, ultimately a joint academic degree will be awarded by the participating institutions. The concept of a joint degree includes a 30 ECTS of student mobility.

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CReA Lab

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The aim of the Laboratory for Cognitive Research in Art History (CReA) is to expand art historical knowledge through the use of empirical and experimental methods. The laboratory's projects deal with traditional art historical questions about artworks and their perception as well as transdisciplinary issues of empirical aesthetics, visual culture and museology.

VDS CoBeNe

The VDS CoBeNe is one of four Doctoral Schools at the University of Vienna established in March 2016. It aims to foster interdisciplinary interactions between research groups in cognitive-, behavioural- and neurosciences at the University of Vienna through a coordinated, structured, and internationally recognized PhD education.

As such, it does not include a PhD curriculum. Participating PhD candidates will be inscribed in the respective curricula at the participating faculties. 

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